Ohio mom says Christian school kicked her kids out because she is unmarried, children have different fathers
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An Ohio mother says her two children were kicked out of a Christian school in Cuyahoga Falls because she is unmarried and the children have different fathers, the Akron Beacon Journal reported Friday.

Summer Grant said her two daughters, 10-year-old Summara-Rayn and 7-year-old Summaia, were dismissed from the Chapel Hill Christian School last Friday, just weeks before school ends for the summer.


“Just because I’m not married and my children do have different fathers doesn’t mean that I don’t want my children to have a good education and I don’t want them to know who Christ is in their education,” said Grant, a single mother who works multiple jobs.

Grant said she was told by school administrator John Wilson that she was committing adultery and going against the Ten Commandments.

Wilson reportedly told her that while it isn’t a requirement for her to be married, it is a “strong recommendation.” Other parents at the school are unmarried, Grant noted. 

The school said in a statement to the Beacon Journal that parents sign a written agreement “meant to reflect a common commitment to the cause of Christ,” but Grant said she does not remember signing it.

“While we believe it would be wrong to make public the particular circumstances that led to this separation, out of concern for the privacy of the family, we also felt that dismissal was necessary in order to protect the safety of our school children and their families,” the statement reads.

Grant said that when Summaia was in the first grade, Wilson would pepper her with questions about when she would marry her youngest daughter’s father whom she was in a relationship with at the time.

Wilson reportedly asked the young girls “uncomfortable” questions about who they lived with and where.

“Honestly, I thought it was just coming from a place of being a pastor and just being concerned and wanting the best for us, at first,” Grant told the outlet. “It just started to be uncomfortable because it was just all the time."

During a meeting about her children's scholarships last July, Grant said Wilson asked her several questions about her daughters’ fathers, wondering “how we can get your household to live biblically moral.”

“It wasn’t about whether they had their scholarship in place,” Grant said. “It was more or less about me just not living right. ... It was an uncomfortable conversation, but I sat through it because I really wanted my children to go to the school.”

Grant said she received a phone call from Wilson last week telling her that it would be her daughters’ last day at school.

There was reportedly an issue between Grant and Summara's school bus driver that lead to the police being called.

Wilson allegedly told Grant that the incident “just shed a light on many problems that we have with you.”

She had hoped they would be allowed to finish out the remainder of the school year but told the Beacon Journal that she doesn’t want them in a negative or unwelcoming environment. 

“I never want to dismember a school or tear a school down or anything like that, but I don’t believe that this is right, and I feel like this man needs to know that he’s wrong,” she said. “As a man of God, you’re never supposed to turn your back on somebody who falls short. I just want him to know that this is not right.”